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I am not really following you. Is the original birth certificate sealed by a court order? Can you upload the letter you received so we may take a look at it?
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They are refering to the section below which can be found under 23-02.1-18 (3). at this page.
"3. When a new birth record is established, the actual place and date of birth must be shown. The new birth record must be substituted for the original birth record: a. Thereafter, the original birth record and the evidence of adoption, paternity, or legitimation is not subject to inspection except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction or as provided by rules and regulations."
You will need to file a petition with the court to unseal the record. Even adult adoptees are permitted to view this information under section 14-15-16 which is here.
It appears that you will need to file a declaratory judgment action where in you allege that you are now an adult and thus you are entitled to the original birth record and as for a court order that unseals that against the Department of Health .
See DJ law here.
You do not need an attorney if you know how to do them; but most non attorneys do not have to experience to file one. Even many attorneys that do not specialize in adoption or family law would not be in a position to file one. So, yes, you will probably need a local family law attorney to assist you with this.
You are probably looking at $750-$1000.00.
Yes, legal aid might be able to help if you qualify for their services.
Thank you Patty....I was disappointed in myself as I felt I could not be of more help to you...